John Force Racing dominates Gatornationals; Kalitta Motorsports wins 2nd in a row

It was another Kalitta mosh pit at Sunday’s Gatornationals finals.

After Alexis DeJoria won in the Funny Car category in Phoenix, the Kalitta Motorsports Team brought home their second Wally in two races, this time with a Top Fuel win by Doug Kalitta.  The teams of Kalitta, DeJoria, & David Grubnic cheered and tackled each other at the start line when defending event winner Antron Brown smoked the tires and Kalitta took the win with a 3.83 second pass at 323.87 miles per hour.

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Notes from Friday Qualifying at the 2014 Gatornationals

Enders-Stevens sets Pro Stock national record speed

Erica Enders-Stevens set the national top speed record for Pro Stock on Friday with a 214.69 mile per hour run. She made the record-setting run in her first qualifying attempt lined up against Jeg Coughlin. With the run, Enders-Stevens also knocks off Mike Edwards as the track record holder at Auto Plus Raceway. Enders-Stevens previously held the track record in 2011.

Although Enders-Stevens’ speed was the fastest,

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins second Daytona 500 after rain delay

The slanted black No. 3 might have started on the pole for NASCAR’s biggest race, but it was the son of the man who made that number famous who was the first across the finish line at the end.

Junior.

“All is right in the world,” said teammate Jeff Gordon. “Dale Jr. won the Daytona 500.”

In 2004, Junior won his last one at Daytona. And 10 years later,

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Denny Hamlin wins checkers-or-wreckers Sprint Unlimited

This race had so much carnage, the pace car couldn’t even survive it.

Yes, you read that right. Only 8 cars out of 18 finished the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona, and after a massive wreck and the pace car catching fire, it was Denny Hamlin who came out on top.

“That was survival of the fittest,” Hamlin said. “The best car won, that’s for sure.”

Hamlin’s No.

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Enfinger takes ARCA race, wreck causes drama off-track

Grant Enfinger survived the chaos at Daytona to win his 3rd career ARCA race, but the big story was the drama that happened off the track.

As is usually the case with ARCA at Daytona, carnage happened early. On lap 13, the 99 of Buster Graham spun out to end the night for 8 of the 40 cars – and caused quite a bit of drama on pit road. A scuffle between Graham and Chase Elliott’s crews ensued when the 99 team claimed Chase Elliott got into the back of Graham to cause the spin out.

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espnW: Sarah Fisher not slowing down with racing

They say when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade.

Or, if you’re IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, you start your own race team and become one of the leading businesswomen in sports.

The “lemon” that Fisher was dealt came in 2007 in the form of a sour engineer. She already had made a name for herself in the series when in 1999, she became the youngest woman, at 19, to start the Indy 500.

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Gray & Brown help Schumacher to 200 wins; Arana Jr. & Johnson take home Wallys

Don Schumacher Racing clinched its 200th win Sunday at Gatornationals with a pair of victories from Johnny Gray and Antron Brown in Funny Car & Top Fuel respectively at Gatornationals on Sunday

“That’s an incredible number. Never thought it would happen, never even considered it,” owner Don Schumacher said of the milestone, reflecting over how difficult it was racing in the 1970s when he won 5 of those victories himself. Schumacher credited his drivers like his son Tony,

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What Does Danica’s Pole Mean for NASCAR?

Danica Patrick went into the history books on Sunday afternoon when she won the pole position for the Daytona 500. Her 196.434 mph lap made her the first woman ever to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. With her record-setting performance has come hoards of media attention and talk of what her spot on the front row means for the sport. But beyond the speculation – what exactly does it mean?

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espnW: NASCAR not just for the boys

Fuel mileage. Restrictor plates. Bump drafting.

It sounds like a foreign language to those outside of the world of stock car racing, but to 75 million NASCAR fans, it’s their native tongue.

Surprisingly, men aren’t the only ones who speak this language. In fact, 40 percent of the NASCAR fan base is female. And they have no problem keeping up with the boys when it comes to talking about racing.

“I know every driver,

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AWSM 2012: Panel on using Twitter in sports journalism

In a generation where consumers are attached to phones and the Internet at the hip, journalists are increasingly integrating social media into their coverage. But with the emerging technology comes risk.

A premature and inaccurate report on Twitter last fall that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died was a reminder for reporters and editors alike to re-examine how social media websites like Twitter and Facebook fit into their reporting. Though many company policies clearly outline their ethical standpoints,

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